National Security Brief: Afghanistan ‘Surge’ Ends

— The Pentagon announced that the last of the 33,000 “surge” troops President Obama ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 are now out of the country. There are now 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. There were 32,800 American soldiers there when Obama took office in January, 2009.

— The White House said yesterday that the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last week was a “terrorist attack.”

— Libya’s Foreign Minister Ashour Bin Khayyal apologized to U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on the government of Libya’s behalf, praising the U.S. ambassador killed in the attack as a “friend of Libya.”

— The American Civil Liberties Union argued before a federal appeals court yesterday that the CIA should be ordered to say whether it has documents explaining the use of unmanned drones to kill individuals in Pakistan and Yemen.

— Reuters reports: “The first female U.S. soldier to seek refuge in Canada rather than return to duty in Iraq was arrested at the U.S. border in northern New York State on Thursday after losing her bid to remain in Canada.”